Barbara Skarga

Barbara Skarga’’s (1919 – 2009) studies in Vilnius were interrupted by World War II. She joined the resistance and spent eleven years in the GULAG after being captured by the Red Army in 1944. After the liberation…. 1944-195, her memoirs of her time in the camps, written under the pseudonym Wiktoria Kraśniewska, are among the most shocking and authentic testimonies to the fate of women in the GULAG. After returning to Poland she studied philosophy at Warsaw University and after 1955 worked at the Polish Academy of Sciences, becoming a full professor in 1975.

On the Boundaries of Our World

Poor and rich are concepts Heidegger used in his 1929-1930 lectures, published posthumously as Die Grundbegriffe der Metaphysik. Welt-Endlichkeit-Einsamkeit”. (The Basic Concepts of Metaphysics. World – Finitude – Solitude). He used them in relation to a world that – because of its metaphysical essence – is one of his key concepts, in addition to the ones mentioned above (world, finitude and solitude). However, this is not the point I intend to discuss here even though it is very interesting. What really interests me now is what Heidegger said later. He said that the world of the animal is poor although […]